Restarting the SEC East

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Alright, 7 SEC games down and nothing is yet close to decided for the East division title.  At the beginning of the year we selected 3 teams to compete for the title.  Now a fourth, Lexington’s own Darrin Horn, has his Cocks in play.

Let’s take a look at how each team got here.

PatPat2 is sharing the load nicely thus far.

PatPat2 is sharing the load nicely thus far.

Kentucky

Record (5-2):  Won VU, @UT, @UGA, AUB, @ALA.  Lost @MISS, USC

Strengths:  Scoring and half-court defense.

Weaknesses:  Consistency at the point-guard position.  Experienced depth.  Open bar in hotels on the road.

A+ for consistency, D for leadership so far.

A+ for consistency, D for leadership thus far.

 Tennesssee

Record (4-2):  Won @VU, SC, @UGA, FLA.  Lost UK, LSU

Strengths:  Athletic ability creating mismatches, offensive rebounding, full-court and inbound ball defense.

Weaknesses: Intelligence, leadership, free-throws, 3 point shooting.  Multi-religious headwear.

Downey's leadership, and 20ppg, have the Cocks in uncharted water.

Downey's leadership, and 20 ppg, have the Cocks in uncharted water.

South Carolina

Record (5-2):  Won AUB, FLA, MISS, VAN, UK.  Lost @LSU, @UT

Strengths:  Leadership (both coaching and on-court), depth at guard, 3-point shooting (6 guys over .350, team shooting .380)

Weaknesses:  Consistency on the road, guard-play, turnovers.  Names like Evaldas, Brandis and Zam.

Can Little Nicky save his young team's season?

Can Little Nicky save his young team's season?

Florida

Record (5-2):  Won MISS, @AUB, ARK, @VAN, UGA.  Lost @SC, @UT

Strengths:  Guard play, 3 point shooting, full court defense

Weaknesses:  Defending and scoring on bigger players.  Team looks like a toolbox.

So there’s a quick look at how we got here.  If we compare head-to-head results for these four teams it comes out like this:

Tennessee  2-1
S Carolina  2-1
Kentucky   1-1
Florida        0-2

We should do well to learn a little more this week with the SC-FLA rematch Tuesday night.  Kentucky, with only 1 game this week, takes on Mississippi State at home and Tennessee travels to play an Arkansas team that is looking quite scary, then heads down to the plains to take on Auburn.

If I were to prognosticate, and I’m known to do so at times, I’ll take the SEC-E to finish like this.

1. Kentucky
2. Tennessee
3. Florida
4. South Carolina
5. Kevin Stallings is a tool
6. Cleveland Felton’s folly

Also, a quick note to all 6 teams… beware of LSU.  They are big, tall, and angry.

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9 Responses to “Restarting the SEC East”

  1. cpbru Says:

    where did Horn go to high school?

  2. BobWicket Says:

    No one ordered your reverse psychology.

  3. BobWicket Says:

    I tihnk he (Horn) was born in Detroit and dates AJ Hawk’s sister.

  4. TheGoldfishCowboy Says:

    I don’t think anyone will argue that Kentucky isn’t the most complete team in the division… Plus they win their home games.

    11 wins probably takes 1st place. UK has 5 home games left… that’s 10 wins without leaving Rupp.

  5. BobWicket Says:

    Now you are serving seconds?

  6. eDayStat Says:

    Well if the SEC figures out how to play a triangle and 2 UK could be in for it. This things is still wide open and I don’t know how anyone can pick a winner at this point.

  7. cpbru Says:

    With all due respect to eDay, it’s pretty easy to pick a winner right now. Georgia, revitalized by the hiring of Bob Knight, wins out the rest of the season and takes the SEC East. Zac Swansey realizes his true potential under the tutelage of The General and is named SEC POY. He turns pro early, and leads the Thunder to the NBA title next year. You can take that to the bank

  8. BobWicket Says:

    The curse of the GoldfishCowboy has begun. I’m sorry man. I would take back the Grippos thing if I could.

  9. eDayStat Says:

    Varnado cracks me up. He’s like “I want my name to be pronounced VarnaRdo.” Okay dude, and Jodie Meeks would like to be known as JoRdie Meeks. That’s just the way he’d like it pronounced please.

    Then again, I think Jordie might be a good name for a kid. Kind of a half Michael Jordan half Jodie Meeks thing that a crazed UK fan might name their kid in ougth nine.

    I also think I may have given BobWicket and MissWicket their first kid’s name right then…

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